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Mayor and new Chief Constable defend decision to keep ‘damning’ policing report under wraps

Don't miss a thing by getting the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox A damning internal report commissioned by Andy Burnham into the police is to be kept private until after the election, both the mayor and incoming Chief Constable have confirmed.

The M.E.N. revealed on Sunday how a £300,000 review by Pricewaterhousecoopers had uncovered major failures within the force across a raft of key areas, including leadership, budgeting, governance, culture and IT.

At the time a spokesman for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the mayor’s office said the report - commissioned in January and now complete - would not be published until the new Chief Constable, Stephen Watson, had taken position at the end of May and had had

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